Not earning enough to quit your day job?
Saving money for your next vacation?
Bills going through the roof and looking for some extra money?
Want to buy that new computer gadget that you have your eyes on?
Well, let me share some solid techniques to make money from your blog. These are not some run-of-the-mill techniques that every other blogger preaches about. Rather these are my personally tested and tried methods for a full time income. Bear in mind that we’re after measurable and quantifiable results. The competition is very stiff so every advantage you can get is vital. Blogging, just like any business/job, is one huge poker game where you have to put in something (quality content) to win big (revenue). And ya.. don’t leave your job yet 🙂
1. Get Sponsors for your Blog
Once your blog starts getting traffic, try and contact private companies that are operating in your niche area and get them to sponsor your blog. Even if its for a small amount, it adds up to your blog earnings. Gradually, when your blog ranks higher on the search engines, there are chances of getting better and high-paying sponsors. Try and provide all the details about your blog like traffic stats, search engine rankings, specialization area, unique visitors and keyword popularity. Also mention how your blog will help them in promoting their brand products. Do not get disheartened if you fail to get sponsors for the first time. Keep trying and make targets for yourself.
2. Review Products & Services
You can write paid reviews about different products, services or even review other websites. People are willing to pay if you give them a favorable review and also provide backlinks to their websites. Make some sort of a rating system or a scorecard which will help you in the reviewing process.
3. Develop Tools or Services for the Community
There is always a demand for useful tools that you can develop for your blog. If you are a programmer, designer or have any creative skills, make full use of them. If the community likes your creations, getting paid for them is an easy next step. Start out by keeping your tools free of cost and charge for customizing them according to individual requirements.
4. Publisher Programs
Sign up as a publisher for different programs like Google Adsense, Adbrite, Widgetbucks, Auctionads, etc. and choose the right one for your blog. This choice can only be made by trial and error method. If some program doesn’t work for your blog, remove it and move on to the next one.
Keeping a tips jar or maybe a Paypal Donations button on your blog will let your blog visitors contribute towards your hard work.